Foot problems are a common complication of diabetes. Because diabetes disrupts the vascular system, it can lead to circulation issues and nerve damage (neuropathy) in the lower body and feet. Diabetic patients must be particularly vigilant about foot health as even small blisters can lead to ulcers and infection if not properly cared for. In addition to a balanced, active lifestyle, there are a few easy things that people with diabetes can do to protect foot health. Diabetic socks are one way you can help to keep your feet healthy.
What is a diabetic sock?
Diabetic socks are designed to improve blood circulation, wick away moisture, reduce pressure, prevent blistering, and keep feet warm. They are usually made of materials that are breathable, fitted, non-binding, and do not have seams or elastic bands that could constrict the foot or leg area.
Why are diabetic socks important?
Diabetes is a condition that raises the blood sugar levels in your body. This can cause damage to your circulatory and nervous system, as well as increase the potential for foot ulcers. Diabetes can also lower the amount of blood flow in your feet, which can make it difficult for a wound or infection to heal. Not treating foot ulcers or infections can lead to further serious issues that can spread throughout your body. Nerve damage can also result, causing swelling and loss of feeling in your feet that can make it easier for cuts or sores to go unnoticed.
With the use of diabetic socks, you can keep your feet cool and dry, plus reduce any friction and pressure. They are specially designed without seams or elastic bands to reduce the chance of blistering, and reduce the risk of fungal infection with moisture control. Plus, many of the brands have cushioning support to help prevent foot ulcers.
What types of diabetic socks are available?
There are many available brands and types to choose from. Diabetic socks come in many colours and can be selected in a variety of sizes to properly fit your feet and leg width. You should be able to select the correct pair for your needs if you understand your condition. Speaking to your health care professional can help you better understand what the right type is for you. Whatever the choice, the sock should be well-fitted and comfortable.
Having diabetes and maintaining healthy feet can be a challenge. Talk to your health care professional about using diabetic socks if you are experiencing foot-related problems that have been associated with diabetes. They can provide the comfort and care that you need to keep your feet healthy and happy.
In addition to diabetic socks, wearing proper fitting, comfortable shoes is important. Visit Foot Solutions for a custom foot assessment and fitting from our friendly, knowledgeable staff.